Minor League Report. Charleston rallies in the 9th.


AAA: SWB (23-19) won 10-8. RF Trey Amburgey solo HR. SS Breyvic Valera 3 hits, 3 RBI, solo HR. C Ryan Lavarnway 3-run HR. DH Ryan McBroom 2-run HR.

AA: Trenton (27-17) won 3-2. RF Matt Lipka solo HR.

R. Garcia 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.  3.67
Lane (W, 2-0, 2.14) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Kriske (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.25
D. Alvarez (S, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.26

High A: Tampa (20-26) lost 10-2. CF Omar Carrizales 2 RBI.

Low A: Charleston (25-22) scored four in the top of the ninth to win 7-5. LF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits, RBI. 2B Kyle Gray 2 RBI.


SWB 2nd in International League North, 1/2 GB
Trenton in 1st place in Eastern Division of Eastern League by 1/2 game
Tampa tied for 4th in Florida State League North, 7 GB
Charleston 1st in South Atlantic League Southern Division by 1 1/2 games.


Game 49. Yanks complete sweep of O’s with a 6-5 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before the game, CC to the DL, Cortes up.

Looks like they’ll be going to an opener for some games.

As far as today, if you didn’t know better, you’d swear that the Yanks were toying with the Orioles.

They didn’t start Gleyber Torres (10 of his 12 HR against the Orioles) or Gary Sanchez (9 of his 15). They did keep Clint Frazier (5 of his 8) in the lineup.

So what happens? Frazier homers (make it 6 of 9) and Torres and Sanchez make big contributions as pinch-hitters in the ninth inning that enabled the Yanks (32-17) to win 6-5 to sweep the four games in Baltimore.

Baltimore scored first with a run in the second. Masahiro Tanaka didn’t help himself with a WP and an error. But Tanaka, who was questionable for a while because he took a liner off his leg in his previous start, was fantastic. He took another liner in this one, no damage.

In the top of the fifth, Frazier tied the game with his 9th HR of the season, six against Baltimore.

In the top of the sixth, with one out, D.J. LeMahieu walked and one out later, Luke Voit doubled him to third. After Kendrys Morales walked to load the bases, Gio Urshela singled in two runs to make it 3-1 Yanks.

To the top of the seventh. With one out, Thairo Estrada walked. He stole second and scored on a single by Austin Romine. 4-1 Yanks.

In the top of the eighth, Voit homered (12) to make it 5-1.

But the Yanks’ bullpen failed and let Baltimore tie the game in the bottom of the eighth. Jonathan Holder worked a 1-2-3 seventh in relief of Tanaka, but lost it in the eighth. Two walks and a single cut the Yanks’ lead to 5-2. Tommy Kahnle replaced Holder and got a flyout. However the next hitter hit a 3-run HR to tie the game. Kahnle rebounded with two strikeouts to end the inning.

With two out in the top of the ninth, guess who the next two batters are? Yup, those Oriole nemeses, Torres and Sanchez, back-to-back pinch-hitting. Torres walks. Sanchez singles. D.J. LeMahieu walks. Aaron Hicks walks to force in what was the game-winning run.

Zack Britton closed it out in the bottom of the ninth.

The Yanks’ lead remains the same, 2 over the Rays, 5 1/2 over Boston. Both teams won.

Hicks GW RBI on a bases-loaded walk.
Voit 2 hits, solo HR (12)
Urshela 2 RBI
Frazier solo HR (9)

Tanaka 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 5 K.  2.94
Holder (H, 1) 1 IP+, 3 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K.  4.88
Kahnle (BS, 2; W, 2-0, 1.80) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Britton (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  2.42


Minor League & Rehab Report. Stanton back to DL.


Giancarlo Stanton’s injuries have gone from biceps to shoulder to calf and he has been shut down and placed on the DL again. Sounds like Ellsbury disease.

Didi Gregorius, after missing Tuesday’s action due to dehydration, played in an extended spring training game and was 1 for 3 with a walk as the DH.

Estevan Florial (broken wrist in a spring training game) is due to start extended spring training soon.

AAA: SWB (22-19) won 8-6. LF Trey Amburgey 4 for 5, 3-run HR. C Kyle Higashioka 2 hits, 3-run HR, 4 RBI. 1B Ryan McBroom 2 hits. Starter Reynal Espinal 4 scoreless IP.

AA: Trenton (28-17) won 3-2. C Kellin Deglan 2 hits. Adonis Rosa 5 1/3 innings of one-run relief for the win.

High A: Tampa (20-25) won 7-1. CF Pablo Olivares 3 hits, RBI. RF Isiah Gilliam 2 RBI. DH/SS Angel Aguilar 2 hits. 3B Welfrin Mateo 2 hits, RBI. LF Tyler Hill 2 hits, 2 RBI. Starter Frank German 5 2/3 scoreless IP, 8 K (W, 2-2, 3.03).

Low A:  Charleston (24-22) lost 10-8. CF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits, RBI, solo HR. RF Josh Stowers 3 hits, 3 RBI, 2 HR, a 2-run HR and a solo shot. DH Frederick Cuevas 2 hits, RBI. 3B Max Burt 3 hits.

Game 48. Yanks power past O’s 7-5. Sanchez and Torres at it again. Looks like CC to DL.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

It is unbelievable how much Gleyber Torres (10 of his 12 HR) and Gary Sanchez (9 of his 15 HR) have owned Baltimore pitching this season.

Last night, Torres hit 2 HR, Sanchez one, and were joined by Thairo Estrada and D.J. LeMahieu as the Yanks (31-17) hit 5 HR in beating Baltimore 7-5.

With one out in the second, Brett Gardner hit the first of his 3 doubles on the night, and with two out, Estrada hit a 2-run HR (3). Cameron Maybin then walked and LeMahieu then hit his fourth HR of the season. 4-0 Yanks.

Torres made it 5-0 in the third with his eleventh HR of the season.

Baltimore got a run in the bottom of the third off of CC Sabathia.

Sanchez homered (15) in the top of the fourth to make it 6-1.

Baltimore got an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth (Torres’ error) to make it 6-2.

Torres hit his second HR of the game (12) in the top of the fifth to make it 7-2.

Then things got hairy. CC got lit up in the fifth inning, and I was surprised manager Aaron Boone even let him finish the inning. But it happened so fast Boone most likely didn’t have time to get anyone warmed up.

Even the outs were hit hard. CC gave up a HR to Richie Martin (his first MLB HR) to lead off the inning. The next batter flied out deep to right. Then a double. Then a lineout that LeMahieu at third made a great play on. Then a HR. 7-5. Double. Single, but instead of it being 7-6, Gardner threw the runner out at the plate.

CC barely made it through 5 for the win, #249 of his career (tying Vic Willis on the all-time list), but his knee has been barking recently. It looks as if he will be getting a lubricating injection in the knee and will be going on the DL for a while. We’ll see if it’s just one start he misses, or more.

We’ll have to see who his replacement would be. Remember Loaisiga is out until August, and Paxton isn’t off the DL yet.

There was no further scoring in the game.

Baltimore is on pace to give up about 338 HR this season(!)

LeMahieu 2 hits, 2-run HR (4), .329
Sanchez 2 hits, solo HR (15)
Torres 2 solo HR (12)  .302
Gardner 3 doubles, threw runner out at plate
Estrada 2 hits, 2-run HR (3),  .316

CC (W, 3-1, 3.48) 5 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 6 H, 2 W, 7 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 2 HR.
Kahnle (H, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  1.42
Ottavino (H, 10) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  1.54
Green (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1 HBP.  12.41
Chapman (S, 13) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  1.83.

I have to admit, there were a few things I was surprised at. One was Green in the eighth with the game close. Britton was unavailable. But Green, the way he’s pitched so far this year? But he did well and hopefully is turning the corner.

The other was the infield. I’d have moved LeMahieu to 1B (replacing Morales there) and put Urshela at 3B late in the game for defensive purposes (and Kenny Singleton suggested such on the WPIX TV broadcast) but that wasn’t done.

In other news: When the Yanks and Red Sox play 2 games (Boston “home” team) in London in late June, both will be wearing their home uniforms. The field will be astroturf. It’ll be 330′ down the lines, but only 385′ to CF with a 16′ high wall. Wembley Stadium may be a hitters’ ballpark.



Minor League Report.


AAA: SWB (21-19) lost 11-8, committing 4 errors. 3B Breyvic Valera 3 for 3, 2 walks, 2 RBI, made an error, had a 2-run HR. CF Mike Tauchman 2 RBI. 1B Logan Morrison 3 hits, 3 RBI, 2 solo HR.  Starter Drew Hutchison 4 IP, 8 R, 5 runs unearned.

AA: Trenton (25-17) lost 9-8. DH Hoy Jun Park 2 hits, RBI (.333). SS Kyle Holder 2 hits. 2 hits, 2 RBI 2B Brandon Wagner. C Jorge Saez 2 RBI.

High A: Giancarlo Stanton scratched. Was supposed to start at DH. Doesn’t appear major. Tampa (19-25) won 3-0.

Miguel Yajure (W, 2-5, 2.98) 7 IP, 0 R, 6 H, 1 W, 8 K.
Hobie Harris (S, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  7.84

Low A: Charleston (24-21) scored twice in the top of the ninth to tie, but gave up a run in the bottom half to lose 3-2. They lost on a squeeze play. LF Canaan Smith 2 hits, .343. DH Josh Breaux 2 hits. RF Josh Stowers solo HR.

Game 47. Sanchez and Frazier power Yankees to 11-4 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Gary Sanchez and Clint Frazier continued to pummel Baltimore pitching  as the Yankees (30-17) hammered Baltimore 11-4 Tuesday night.

Domingo German won his MLB-leading ninth game of the season.

While 8 of Gleyber Torres’ 10 HR are against the Orioles, 8 of Sanchez’ 14 are, and for Frazier 5 of his 8. That is 21 HR right there from three guys against Baltimore pitching this year.

Before the game, Nestor Cortes, who pitched a few innings a couple of days ago, was sent down and David Hale was brought up. Hale got in a few games for the Yankees in 2018.

In the first inning, D.J. LeMahieu and Luke Voit both singled and Sanchez hit a 3-run HR, #14 for the season.

With one out in the third, Aaron Hicks walked and after another out, Gio Urshela (.336) doubled Hicks home. Frazier followed with a 2-run HR, his first of two for the game. 6-0.

With one out in the fifth, Hicks and Torres walked and Frazier hit his second HR of the game, a 3-run shot, #8 on the season, for a 9-0 Yankees’ lead.

German gave up a 3-run HR in the bottom of the fifth. 9-3.

The Yanks got two in the sixth. With one out, LeMahieu (.325) and Voit singled. Sanchez got an RBI forceout. Hicks singled Sanchez to third, and Torres singled Sanchez in. 11-3.

Hale gave up a run to the Orioles in the bottom of the sixth to make it 11-4, which wound up being the final score.

Tampa Bay and Boston both lost, so the first-place Yankees have a two-game lead over the Rays and are up 5 1/2 on 3rd place Boston in the AL East.

LeMahieu 3 hits
Voit 2 hits
Sanchez 3-run HR, 4 RBI
Frazier 2 HRs, 5 RBI

German (W, 9-1, 2.60) 5 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Hale (S, 1) 4 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K.  Saved the bullpen. All fresh for tonight.

You hear talks of various trades, like how Frazier is increasing his trade value or how 3B Anthony Rendon of Washington, who leads the NL with 17 doubles (.333-9-27 right now, 162 g. average .287-22-90, OPS+ 123 for his career, two top-10 MVP finishes) could be on the market.

I’d be wary of any moves right now, except maybe for another starter for more depth there, (Keuchel after the baseeball draft?) and even at that, you have Severino hopefully back in July and Jordan Montgomery in August. You don’t want to mess with good karma.


Minor League Report. Rehabs starting. Reports on Judge, Tulo, Didi, Stanton.


Aaron Judge threw yesterday but still is a long ways away. He has not begun swinging a bat yet. Oblique strain.

Troy Tulowitzki is taking grounders at third and expressed a willingness to play all over the infield. But once Didi (see next paragraph) returns, will there be any room for Tulo? Heck, there may not be room for LeMahieu what with Voit, Torres, Gio and Urshela in the infield, and Estrada may have to go down for Didi. Unless LeMahieu goes to third, but what then of Urshela?

Didi Gregorius got into an extended spring training game. He got two hits, made an error.

For Giancarlo Stanton, see below, high A Tampa.

AAA: SWB off.

AA: Trenton (25-16) swept a DH.

Reg. sched. game: 6-2 win. SS Hoy Jun Park 3 for 3, RBI (.340). 3B Mandy Alvarez 2 RBI. CF Ben Ruta a 3-run HR. 1B Chris Gittens 2 hits (.325). Trenton had to use an “opener” in this game.

Makeup of 5/12: Won 4-3. 2 hits Ruta (.355).   LF Rashad Crawford 2 for 2, RBI. 20 yr. old Deivi Garcia (a kid to watch) (W, 2-2, 4.05) 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 W, 7 K.

High A: Tampa (18-25) won 9-2. RF Giancarlo Stanton started his rehab. 1 for 3, solo HR  and 2 strikeouts. 3B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits, RBI, solo HR. 1B Dermis Garcia 2 solo HR. DH Steven Sensley 2 hits.  LF Omar Carrizales 2 hits, 2 RBI. Clarke Schmidt (W, 2-2, 3.48) 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 9 K.

Low A: Charleston (24-20) won 5-2. 2B Kyle Gray 2 hits, 2 RBI. C Josh Breaux solo HR. LF Canaan Smith 2 hits, 2 RBI.  (.338). Jio Orozco (W, 4-2, 2.53) 6 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.